Safety First For Law Enforcement
Law enforcement officers perform important tasks throughout their daily shifts, but one task always demands precedence.“My number one concern is safety and making sure I get to go home to my family at night,” said Patrolman David Spradling of the Richmond Police Department.The safety concerns also protect subjects — under arrest or not — with whom officers come in contact, and bystanders, but at the end of the day, officers want to go home. In Spradling’s case, to a wife and four children.To do that, they sometimes must dodge punches, neutralize weapons and parry confrontational attitudes.Then, when officers do arrive home, they might see televised news scrutinizing officers across the country, or find social media posts complaining about police incompetence or alleging officer corruption. They know some residents will view all officers negatively.“Oftentimes it feels as though us as law enforcement officers are grouped in, we’re either all good or we’re all bad, and that’s kind of the aspect a lot of times that the public seems to have toward us,” said Patrolman Seth Biava of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. “I understand that the majority of the population has a respect or they’re grateful for police, and it’s just the few who like to start drama that like to get on there and start badmouthing.”It’s a career that enables officers to revel in helping people, but requires they experience life’s darkness, as well.“Most of the time, it can be a very rewarding experience being a police officer,” RPD Chief Mark Connery said. “There are those bad times that don’t always go your way, you see the worst of the worst. You see everything from birth to death and any of the bad stuff that’s in between.”Officers never know what will happen. Or when.Read the full article in Palladium-Item.Source: